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Italianchips was born to be my recipes book online. But not a recipe book full of recipes yet to try. My intention was/is to put together only tested recipes, the ones I really like and want to cook/bake/prepare again.

The name Italianchips was meant as small pieces of Italy, as I live in Italy (I am a Brazilian who married an Italian). The recipes are not all Italian, but are the recipes I cook in Italy :-). I leave my intuition decide which recipes deserve to be tested – I am really attracted to some of them, and are the ones I try; but only the ones that satisfy me and my family are the ones that are going to be published.

Sorry for my English mistakes. I love the English language, but I am aware of my mistakes and I am grateful when someone corrects me. I write in English because it is the universal language. I like the feeling that I can connect with people from any part of the world through this language (it would not be possible in Portuguese nor Italian).

Since I was a teenager I like to photograph. I left it apart while children were young and my husband didn’t like to focus (I was always blurred in all photos) and that was the time we used some completely automatic cameras. Some years ago I bought a Canon and began to taste again what photograph is. All the photos of the blog are taken by me with my Canon 450D; most of the times using a 50mm lense.

Here you find recipes of all kinds. I do not follow the traditional Italian menu composed by a starter, a first course and a second course. We like to eat what we feel like eating. My favorite way to serve a lunch or dinner is to prepare kind a buffet, so we site alltogether at the table to enjoy ourselves eating together – without me going back and forth from the kitchen.

There are some finger foods as I firmly believe it is something I have on my DNA. When we were on our teens (me and my sister) we used to spend vacations and holidays on a family house close to Rio. Well, my father always prepared finger food for all of us while we were on the pool. Years after my sister began her catering company with…finger food!

I love to prepare bread. I don’t know why, but it gives me a special pleasure. I am always trying new recipes of bread, with and without yeast, flat breads, no kneading breads…breads of all kinds.

I do like so much also to prepare desserts and sweets for breakfast. Here in Italy we do not eat salty for breakfast (the traditional Italian breakfast is made of coffee or cappuccino with a croissant). I like to prepare plumcakes, muffins and cookies…that we often eat also at anytime of the day, just when we “feel like” ;-).

I am so glad to have you here. Please feel free to contact me whenever you feel like, for questions, suggestions, doubts about any recipe …I’ll be happy to answer you.

Buon appetito!,

Ana

 

Homemade Chocolate Christmas Ornaments

Homemade Chocolate Christmas Ornaments

I first prepared this chocolate christmas ornaments a couple of years ago. This year I decided to prepare also smaller balls and I liked them even more. Or, I did like so much having bigger and smaller ones together. This is a recipe of Sardinian chocolatier Gianluca Aresu. Last week I visited his new pastry(…)

A Christmas Spinach Tree

A Christmas Spinach Tree

My daughter Gabriella showed me this Christmas spinach tree and I didn’t resist. I prepared it this morning and put in freezer for Christmas Eve dinner. This Christmas spinach tree is beautiful to see and decorates your table, other than being also an easy finger food appetizer, as each one can pull out the own(…)

Lovely Gingerbread Cookies

Lovely Gingerbread Cookies

I have always dreamed to prepare gingerbread cookies. I don’t know why, but something always turned my attention elsewhere and, soon Christmas was gone and I had not prepared them. This year I have finally prepared them. Thanks to my friend Emanuela who proposed me to prepare them together (otherwise I’d probably skip this year(…)

Luscious caramel popcorn recipe

Luscious caramel popcorn recipe

When I found this caramel popcorn recipe, I ran to the kitchen to prepare it immediately. I love popcorn. It’s a curious love because I can stay for months without eating it, but when I eat I just have to eat a lot of popcorn. Really a lot, not a regular portion. I like it(…)

Beautiful Cheese Lollipop

Beautiful Cheese Lollipop

A cheese lollipop! What an idea! I use to use Parmesan for chips to eat with a salad, and even prepared small baskets with it to serve the salad, but a cheese lollipop is …sooo cute! My friend Emanuela showed me this recipe on an Italian site, Cucchiaio.it, and I prepared it the day after(…)

THE Chocolate Chip Cookie

THE Chocolate Chip Cookie

Yes, this is THE chocolate chip cookie. The best. The one that really tempt you when you go in the kitchen to do something else and…capitulate to it. I am glutonous, but not that much. I am usually a person who loves food; but I do also control myself. Or should I say that I(…)

Hummus Tahini, We Just Love It!

Hummus Tahini, We Just Love It!

I’ve prepared hummus tahini a lot of times. Each time we just eat it all. I didn’t know it was so easy to prepare since my sister, who has a catering service, gave me her recipe. Since then, it is a must at our home. I prepared it again yesterday and that’s why I am(…)

Orange Chicken Recipe

Orange Chicken Recipe

I prepared this lemon and orange chicken recipe yesterday morning because I was going out and return home at lunch time. I woke up early (6:15am). Does it happen to you to awake at about 5, 5:30 and don’t be able to sleep again? After 45 minutes I gave up and woke up to have(…)

Vegetarian Christmas Wreath

Vegetarian Christmas Wreath

I fell in love with this Christmas wreath the moment I saw it. If you’re not new to my blog, you may already know that I am very sensible to beautiful recipes (that have to be tasty too). This Christmas wreath is so simple to prepare and adds such a beautiful decoration to your holidays(…)

Irresistible Garlic Potatoes

Irresistible Garlic Potatoes

These garlic potatoes are my last vice. I prepared them two times in a few days and I am already looking for the next batch. I admit I am not a potato expert. I didn’t dedicate yet attention to learn about different types of potatoes and what they are best for. The only one I(…)

Enchanting Chocolate Christmas Tree

Enchanting Chocolate Christmas Tree

This chocolate Christmas tree touched me. One of those recipes you see and can’t take your mind out of it. I just had to give it a try. Give a try? Yes, because it is simple, what isn’t the same thing as easy. But it’s worth trying. It is not easy because you need patience,(…)

Heavenly Salted Caramel

Heavenly Salted Caramel

I firstly heard about salted caramel two years ago. I spent some days in Paris with my sister and it seemed that there was salted caramel everywhere. My sister owns a catering service in Rio, and so we were two food passionate in Paris. From bistros to food shops… divine. I have bought more herbes(…)

Italian Chocolate Pudding from Piedmont

Italian Chocolate Pudding from Piedmont

I was lucky enough to eat this Italian chocolate pudding always in its birth place, Piedmont. I was always promising myself to prepare it at home and I finally did it some weeks ago. I was lucky again to try the “right” recipe, the one I don’t really believe I am going to change because(…)

Easy Pumpkin Bread

Easy Pumpkin Bread

I had never prepared a pumkin bread. To tell you the truth, I rarely buy pumpkin, as my children don’t like it at all and I never think about cooking it – even if I have eaten delicious dishes prepared with pumpkin. But when I saw this pumpkin bread I couldn’t resist. Me and my(…)

A fantastic eggplant pie I’ve just fell in love with

A fantastic eggplant pie I’ve just fell in love with

I prepared this eggplant tart today and it’s already one of my favorite recipes. It is so easy and quick to prepare and the only time needed is for baking. I love eggplants. I should say I love them since I live in Italy, as it is kind of national product ;-). Their season is during(…)

A loving gingerbread house recipe (with no ginger)

A loving gingerbread house recipe (with no ginger)

I admit I had never seen a gingerbread house recipe since about a month ago, when I watched an episode of Australian Masterchef TV series when two competitors had to bake and build a gingerbread house following a famous pastry chef recipe. (By the way, I loved the harmony that comes from this version of(…)

Vegan Chocolate Chip Banana Bread – It is Also Gluten Free!

Vegan Chocolate Chip Banana Bread – It is Also Gluten Free!

This chocolate chip banana bread really attracted my attention. And it is not easy regarding banana bread, as we have our favorite one (unfortunately it was one of the ones lost by my last hosting service and I promise to post it again soon). This chocolate chip banana bread recipe captured me because…it has no flour…no(…)

Delicious Savoy Cabbage Cake

Delicious Savoy Cabbage Cake

This savoy cabbage cake is another Autumn recipe I like so much. It has all those warm ingredients that are so comforting during these cooler days: broth, bread, cheese and cabbage. It is pretty simple to prepare and is pleasant to the sight, when presented at the table. I prepared it the other day for(…)

Comforting Cauliflower Gratin

Comforting Cauliflower Gratin

I prepared this cauliflower gratin three times since the weather cooled down. I like cauliflower so much as it can be prepared in many appetizing ways (the only way I don’t like it that much is just boiled ). The other day I was reading about quinoa that said that quinoa is very healthy and(…)

Small Palmiers, Who Resists?

Small Palmiers, Who Resists?

Palmiers reminds me my grandmother. She had fixed things she liked and each time she went out with my father (they usually go out for shopping on Saturday afternoons), she bought these same things. Once she noticed I liked canned peaches…so there was always a can of peaches for me. But palmiers were for her.(…)

Super Delicious Onions Au Gratin

Super Delicious Onions Au Gratin

When I saw this onions au gratin recipe, I saved it because, other than being extra easy, it is prepared with only good ingredients. So, it could only be a tasty dish. I admit that I was pleasantly surprised when I first prepared it, as it is much more than tasty. It is that kind(…)

My Favorite Tuscan Soup – Ribollita

My Favorite Tuscan Soup – Ribollita

This Tuscan soup is not only my favorite, it is also the most known one. It is called ribollita, which means “boiled again”, as it originates as a poor dish, prepared with the vegetables one had in the own vegetable garden. It was prepared in big quantities and then, “boiled again” before consumption. I was(…)

Italian Bread Recipe

Italian Bread Recipe

I had posted this Italian bread recipe a long time ago. Then, while changing hosting service, I lost a lot of my recipes (yes, it happened! And my backups were in my laptop that…had just been formatted!) and, since then, have been promising me (and my dear readers) to re-post them again. I know I’ve(…)

Banana Boooo!!!!!! A Halloween Idea!

Banana Boooo!!!!!! A Halloween Idea!

Banana booooo!!! Well, my children are grown but the child inside me is still alive :-)! Halloween became a worldwide known holiday and, even if I do not prepare anything special for this day, I couldn’t resist these bananas and the chocolate witch brooms you see below. These are treats that go well for children(…)

Tomato And Cheese On Toast – The Simplest Sinergy!

Tomato And Cheese On Toast – The Simplest Sinergy!

Tomato and cheese on toast reminds me when I was a teenager living with my mother and my sister. My mother often asked us: “let’s make loaf bread pizza?” We just laid some loaf slices on a baking sheet and added ham, cheese, tomatoes and oregano. When I saw this idea (I don’t know if(…)

A Comforting Broccoli and Cheese Recipe

A Comforting Broccoli and Cheese Recipe

I called this broccoli and cheese a comforting recipe because it matches perfectly with the cool weather that is arriving. Well, we had such a hot and traditional Summer this year (even too hot), and it seems that the seasons are regular since now…what didn’t happen for so many years. As I love Autumn, I am(…)

Cheesy Potatoes – Who Resists?

Cheesy Potatoes – Who Resists?

How could I resist these cheesy potatoes? Often I try a recipe because I just make 1+1 thinking that with good ingredients, it should quite certainly be good. This recipe is one of these cases. Potatoes are always good, if you add ham and cheese, they can only get better. These cheesy potatoes are a(…)

Delicious Spinach And Feta Pie

Delicious Spinach And Feta Pie

I love this spinach and feta pie. I have prepared it many times and I never get tired of it. It is good as soon as it’s done, it’s good at room temperature, it’s good cold from the fridge after a day or two… I know it as a Jamie Oliver recipe, and I changed only(…)

Zucchini Rolls – You Just Can’t Eat Only One!

Zucchini Rolls – You Just Can’t Eat Only One!

I was curious about this zucchini rolls. After trying (and preparing it many times) the fake eggplant parmesan, I became a lover of the “fresh” seasoned breadcrumbs. As these zucchini are prepared with them, I had to give them a try. I prepared these zucchini rolls yesterday for lunch, having in mind to have them(…)

Rye Bread Like the Steakhouses’ One

Rye Bread Like the Steakhouses’ One

I first ate the dark rye bread many years ago in a Steak & Ale restaurant in Orlando. I loved it. Some years ago, another restaurant chain opened in Rio, Outback, and…there was the rye bread again, for our joy. Each time we tried to identify what kind of bread was that, but at the(…)